Afternoon News:

  • Conservatives are in revolt against their own party as they battle over earmarks and pet projects in an attempt to reassert fiscal discipline, a concept that seems to have been thrown out the window since 2001.
  • The trial of David Safavian began yesterday with prosecutors arguing that Safavian broke the law and Safavian’s defense claiming that the prosecution brought the case just because Safavian was friends with Jack Abramoff. Justin Rood went and watched the court room proceedings and found it incredibly boring to listen to a case that was basically just about golf.
  • Some members of Congress are not ready to assail the Justice Department for its search of Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-LA) congressional office for fears that it would give the public an even worse perception of Congress. Can the public have an even worse perspective of Congress? What is their approval rating, 7% or something? In actuality it’s 27%, which is insanely low. People do not like you guys.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) public move to push Jefferson off of the Ways and Means Committee has caused the Congressional Black Caucus to go into open revolt against the Democratic Leadership, according to The Hill.
  • And finally, Dennis Hastert (R-IL) may sue ABC for libel over their story that is under investigation by the Justice Department in connection to the Jack Abramoff scandal. Let me tell you something Dennis, in this country, you can’t really win a libel suit. It’s basically impossible. Trust me.